Garden City set out to go for a record-breaking sixth Nassau playoff title next weekend.
The Trojans took another step in that direction with a 52-13 victory over Carey in a Nassau Conference II semifinal playoff match late Saturday night at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Garden City quarterback Luke Schmitt completed six of nine passes on 67 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Trojans jumped out to a 42-7 lead. The Trojans scored on six of their seven ball possessions in the first half. Wide receiver Jackson Perisa caught four passes on 55 yards and three goals in the first half.
Garden City (10-0) will face the winner of the Mepham-MacArthur semi-final of the Nassau Conference II title.
Schmitt opened the scoring with a run of 22 yards and Michael Fargione added the extra-point kick to the 7-0 lead with 9:20 left in the first quarter. The Trojans extended the lead when Schmitt found Perisa with a 16-yard touchdown attack in the corner of the end zone to the 14-0 lead with five seconds left of the quarter.
Carey (5-5) halved the deficit early in the second quarter. Quarterback Dean Metzger beat the Trojans’ defense with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Shane Hogan with 10:43 left in the half to make it 14-7.
Garden City, who averaged 44 points per game this season, responded with four touchdowns in a row in the second quarter. Schmitt hit Perisa with a 10-yard scoring pass, Will Peters captured a 4-yard touchdown pass, Steve Finnell added a 6-yard scoring run and Perisa captured another 10-yard TD pass for the 42-7 lead.
The Trojans overtook Carey 143-9 in the first half. It was the Trojans’ 10th straight win against Carey, including a 41-0 win in Week 3 earlier this season. With the result in hand and a by-product of Garden City’s dominance this season, coach David Ettinger was able to clear the bench and rest his regular players.
Garden City senior halfback Evan Katradis led all ball holders with 74 yards on four carriers.
The Trojans march on to the next.